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Canadian new wave duo Footprintz, Adam Hunter and Clarian North, have just released their debut album ‘Escape Yourself’ via Seth Troxler’s label Visionquest. The duo were actually the first act to get a spot on Troxler’s label which speaks volumes about their hazy blend of lo-fi synths and shimmering vocals.

The duo’s debut album has obviously been eagerly awaited and it doesn’t disappoint, it’s a wonderful collection of tracks, which take in influences from disco to synth-wave and house to techno. The album has a strong emphasis on lo-fi percussion, new wave synths and deep house vocals, and is exactly the sort of album you’d expect from the Montreal-based duo.

Classic staples like ‘Utopia’ and ‘The Favourite Game’, which were previously as singles, are there but there are also plenty of other standout tracks, which are just as strong, and see the duo deviate from their synonymous synth pop sound.

‘Keys Into The Sky’, is very reminiscent of early 60’s psychedelia, with the vocals referencing the Beatles’ infamous Sgt Pepper’s era. ‘Zanzibar’, bubbles along with a synth line that is clearly influenced by the Pet Shop Boys and other synth pop bands from the 80’s. And ‘Private Enemy’, utilises a stunning bridge that harks back to the style of Jesus and The Mary Chain’s ‘Just Like Honey’.

Footprintz’ debut album is the perfect tonic for anyone who is fed up with the over-bearing, grating nature of EDM’; it’s smooth, soulful and has clearly been made by two producers who aren’t interested in making sonic bangers. Ultimately ‘Escape Yourself’ is a serene journey of retro synth pop with just enough club sensibility to keep the listener interested from start to finish.

HBF Rating 4/5

Out now via Visionquest.

Written by Rebecca Dickson.

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.